Notes: Whenever a new product is introduced, there's bound to be some problems. And man oh man, does the 2006 Commander have some problems.

It's the plight of the 1st-generation adopter: you get the newest and shiniest in exchange for a handful of issues that get ironed out in future versions. But what happens when that handful of issues becomes a bucketload? The 2006 Commander has quality control issues like the door handles breaking off and the sunroof leaking. But what's truly worrisome is the electrical problems like the vehicle shutting down unexpectedly, gauges going crazy or the cruise control having a mind of its own.

Bottom line: if you want a Jeep Commander, you're better off looking at a later model year.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,838 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #113

Jan 012006

Commander 4WD

  • miles


My 2006 Commander with 40,000 miles has had the following problems since it came off the lot. The vehicle stalls and I obviously lose power and steering but there are no error messages in the computer, the 4WD does not engage - the warning light for that comes on but there's no error message in the computer. The window's roll up and down incorrectly - the gasket on the exhaust manifold has been replaced and the kicker of all problems is when the vehicle goes through a minor puddle of water or the automatic car wash the steering wheel locks completely until the water is gone - try driving that in the rain - Jeep was finally able to duplicate that problem by putting a garden hose under the car and squirting water on the underside of the vehicle - this problem apparently cannot be fixed and they can't believe that no other Jeep owner's aren't throwing fits. So much for the lemon law - the steering problem wasn't taken seriously by the previous Jeep dealers -I went to a different dealer altogether however, it's too late.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #112

Jul 252008


  • 44,000 miles
I was driving home from work one evenings and all my lights inside on the dash and the outside headlights flicker and flash and then turn off all at once. This is very dangerous I could be hit by another car because they cant see my black SUV on the road, or I could crash because I cant see what's in front of me. I took it to the dealer and was told I need a new headlight switch we will see if it works.

- Riverhead, NY, USA

problem #111

Jul 222008


  • 37,700 miles
Our 06 Jeep Commander has been a nightmare since the day we purchased it used with 14K miles on it in 3/07. We continue to have problems with the dash lights coming on, stalling just today 7/22- the lights lit up and the air conditioner quit working!!! no fan no blower... nothing. It has been brought in for the recall for this but it keeps happening. Oh and did I mention that autopark Jeep in cary, nc sold me a lemon/buyback.... they gave me the carfax report after 30 visits to the service dept.... fool me once, fool me twice... I am hoping that Jeep will buy it back again for this complete lemon!! I know have 37K on it and the service dept was talking that they did not know if Jeep would cover the work.... they can keep it..

- Fuquay Varina , NC, USA

problem #110

Jun 252008


  • 26,000 miles


I bought my 2006 Jeep Commander in 2006 as a demo with 18,000 miles on it. I really didn't drive it that much as you can tell by the mileage on it and it has only had three oil changes. When it reached about 20,000 miles it stalled on my way to work and I called and spoke to a tech where I bought the car, he told me that I had probably gotten some bad gas. Then two weeks ago it stalled again and the engine light came on for a day, then it went out. It came on again and stayed on and it continued to stay on, and "service park assist" displayed on the dash. The dealer where we bought the car is 20 miles from where we live so I made an appointment with a Dodge dealer about 3 miles from my home. On Monday July 7th when driving there for the appointment, I was making a left hand turn and it shut down, no brakes, no steering, no lights on the dash, nothing. I got to the side of the road and it re-started after 3 tries. I made it to the dealer and they called my today and said it was ready and they had to install a tcm module. I went to pick it up, and on the way home, it did the same thing again, the only thing it didn't do was display the engine light, but the stalling and the "service park assist" came back on. I took it back to them and they hooked it back up to the computer and told me I needed to find a way home and they would call me tomorrow. They didn't know what was wrong with it yet.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #109

Jun 202008


  • 28 miles
I purchased my 2006 Jeep Commander 3.7 4X4 in 2007 as a demo. It had 18,000 miles on it when I bought it and now is has 28,000. I have not driven it very much as you can tell by the mileage, and it has only had to have two oil changes (every 3,000 miles) and is almost due for another. I have been having issues for three weeks now, 1. first it stalled in traffic when I was doing about 30 mph. 2. the engine light came on and stayed for a day, went off and came back on two days later and has been on since. 3. when driving, the car will shift really hard into second gear for no reason. On the 3rd of July it started doing all sorts of weird shifts and stalls, I made an appointment with the dealer tomorrow, and I have not driven it since the 3rd of July because I am worried about breaking something.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #108

Jan 032008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled twice on the highway. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The contact stated that this was a safety hazard because the failure could cause a serious crash. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle was included in a recall and was remedied; however, the failure continued. The vehicle is currently in the repair shop, but the mechanic cannot identify the cause of the failure. The VIN, recall number, and mileages were unknown.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #107

Jun 142008


  • 30,000 miles


2006 Jeep Commander driving at 50+ mph on a straight highway engine died. Power brakes and steering was lost as well as all instrument panel function. The Jeep recall fix for engine stalling had been put on within the last month. This was the second time this has happened at high speed driving, the first time was about a year ago. In both cases the engine can not be restarted until the vehicle comes to a complete stop and put into park.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #106

Dec 102007


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle sporadically loses power and then immediately stalls. After waiting for a period of time, the vehicle would restart and the engine light would consistently remain illuminated on the instrument control panel. He took the vehicle to the dealer and it was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 08V203000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)). Immediately after the repair, the failure became progressively worse. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer and is in the process of having the fuel system:gasoline delivery pump replaced. The failure mileage was 18,000 and current mileage was 26,000.

- Willmington, NC, USA

problem #105

Feb 012006


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact has been experiencing frequent failure with the transmission slipping. The vehicle also stalls. The contact stated that the slipping, stalling, and vibration occur weekly. The failure mileage was 4,000.

- North Webster, IN, USA

problem #104

May 192008


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander. The car stalls usually when turning, however it has done it at a red light. Car is powerless (brakes, steering, etc) and continues moving until the key is pulled out of the ignition. It has occurred at least 10 times, most of which have been turning at lights with oncoming traffic. Luckily, accidents were avoided. Nothing was done to correct this failure, after being reported repeatedly to henderson Chrysler Jeep. The dealership claims they cannot "duplicate" the problem;

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #103

May 132008

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,300 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact was able to restart the engine and was able to drive home. She called the manufacturer and was informed that there were no recalls on her vehicle; however, she has seen numerous complaints on the vehicle and even an investigation for the same failure. She scheduled an appointment at the dealer for later in the week. The current and failure mileages were 15,300. Updated 5/30/08

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #102

May 012008

Commander 8-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
2007 Jeep Commander. Six months after the purchase of a new Jeep Commander the Jeep started losing power and stalling. It didn't matter what speed the Jeep was going. It has stalled and lost power and all electronics pulling into traffic and cruising down the interstate. The Jeep was towed to the dealership where the junction box was replaced. Numerous tests were completed but no definitive reason was found for the stalling. I was told the Jeep was fixed. The Jeep has since stalled 3 more times, one time with when my wife was driving and my daughters ages 4 and 7 were onboard. This time, they were nearly hit by a tractor trailer pulling out of the local grocery store. The Jeep had to be towed back to the dealership where it sits right now. The service department seems to think it's the ignition switch but I know better. I'm seeking a lease buy out by Chrysler and plan to sue if they do not take the Jeep back. This Jeep is going to kill someone and I will not let it be my wife or children.

- Queenstown, MD, USA

problem #101

May 062008

Commander 8-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Problem with my 2006 Jeep Commander engine stalling. This has happened on 3-4 different occasions and happened again today in a parking lot. The engine just completely shuts down and nothing works, including the steering. Each time it has happened I have been going at a slow speed. I have taken it to my dealer who says they can't find anything wrong with it ( bob schwartz-bunker hill Indiana).I am going to take it in again to see if they can possibly fix this problem now since there have been other Commander owners complain. I am really afraid to drive this vehicle now especially with my kids. If Jeep is aware of these complaints, they need to issue a recall on the 2006 & 2007 models also instead of just the 2008. If this would happen at highway speeds, it would have possibly been deadly!!! please help.

- Galveston, IN, USA

problem #100

Apr 212008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander has stalled with me several times. The scariest when I was turning into a middle school driveway and it just shut off leaving me without any brakes or steering. It has also stalled several times at the end of my driveway. But the worse problem is for the second time in 4 months it will not start. Last time it was a tip failure. Something was wrong with the start up module. This was in Jan. 23 08. Now, April 21, 2008 it has done it again. Last time it was still under warranty and I have called a tow truck this time too. It is still under warranty but with only 3000 miles to go. I am worried this part will continue to break. I am afraid I will be alone and the car will not crank somewhere. This is not safe. You must be able to depend on your vehicle starting. The last time it was repaired with part number 4692084-ab B;lci non 8015009 whatever all that means. It was run without any problems since that repair until today. Fortunately it broke down in my carport.

- Maiden, NC, USA

problem #99

Mar 282008

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2006 Jeep Commander stalling while driving 50-55 miles per hour, stalling at traffic lights, stalling when applying brake to slow down in traffic..this is very dangerous as I have three children who ride in this vehicle. I need a dependable vehicle and I will not put my kids in this vehicle. Please help before someone gets hurt. Bought on 3/28/08. Had for one week and stalled 4 times. Brought back to dealer, could not find problem. Stalled two more times while driving at speed. Took back 4/9/08..called 4/18/08 they are aware of problem want us to call Chrysler.

- Renovo, PA, USA

problem #98

Apr 102008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine will turn off while driving, all power goes out and you cannot steer the car.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #97

Apr 052008

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,490 miles
I bought my 2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 in November 2007. Since buying it, the vehicle has stalled out on my approximately 8 times while driving it. The whole vehicle shuts off. I can't steer it or do anything. This could get me and my family killed. When I called about the problem, the man I spoke to acted as if I was making this up and told me nothing could be done.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #96

Jul 102007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Vehicle stalls intermittently at low speeds or idle.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #95

Mar 132008

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Jeep Commander shuts off power while driving causing total loss of power...its gone on at fast speeds, slow speeds, while cruise control was engaged, not when it was engaged, night time, and day seems to happen every 1,000 miles...I am now at 36,000 miles.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #94

Jan 112008

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. While driving below 20 mph, the vehicle stalled in traffic. The failure occurs intermittently and the dealer stated that it could not be duplicated. The failure has occurred three times. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage is 36,000. Updated 03/25/08.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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